Preview: Weekend's Senior Hurling Championship action
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Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Saturday October 24
Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 6pm
July 7, 2019 was one of those splendid days for Laois hurling.
Following the Joe McDonagh Cup success, Eddie Brennan's charges were armed with confidence and momentum.
Dublin, though, were still expected to survive in Portlaoise, but Laois refused to follow that particular script.
Ultimately a sultry afternoon culminated with Laois supporters furiously celebrating a daring and dramatic win.
Now 15 months later Laois want to supply a reminder about their potential against Dublin.
Mattie Kenny has subsequently spoken about that harrowing loss so Dublin will certainly be primed for Saturday's encounter.
The Dublin Club Championship illustrated the depth of talent available within the capital, and Kenny has stitched a solid panel together.
Having impressed in the Leinster Round Robin in 2019, Dublin's lapses in concentration were exposed and punished by Laois.
This promises to be another interesting tussle.
LAOIS (v Dublin): Enda Rowland; Lee Cleere, Sean Downey, Donnchadh Hartnett; Ronan Broderick, Padraig Delaney, Ryan Mullaney; Fiachra C Fennell. Paddy Purcell; Aaron Dunphy, Willie Dunphy, James Ryan; James Keyes, Ross King, Stephen Maher.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship and Allianz Hurling League Division One Final
Sunday October 25
Limerick v Clare, Semple Stadium, 3.45pm
Limerick have flared to prominence in recent campaigns under the thoughtful stewardship of John Kiely.
Silverware has been accumulated on the provincial and national stages since the glorious 2018 adventure commenced.
Throughout that stint Limerick have increased their options, adding able performers to the set-up.
Clare have endured a tough time recently with injuries and player unavailability, but the Banner will surely summon a defiant display against their neighbours.
Before lockdown Clare enjoyed some productive outings in the Allianz Hurling League, but they will be missing a string of key players.
John Conlon's presence and self sufficiency in attack is the most notable absence, while Colm Galvin, Peter Duggan, and Podge Collins aren't currently involved either.
LIMERICK (v Clare): Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Dan Morrissey, Barry Nash; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Paddy O'Loughlin; Cian Lynch, William O'Donoghue; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Graeme Mulcahy, Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey.
Joe McDonagh Cup
Sunday October 25
Kerry v Meath, Austin Stack Park, 1pm
Antrim v Westmeath, Corrigan Park, 2pm
Buoyed up by the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A win, Antrim will be anxious to make a satisfactory start to the Joe McDonagh Cup when Westmeath visit Corrigan Park.
Westmeath have been highly competitive in recent years with Shane O'Brien assembling a high profile and talented coaching group including Alan Kerins and Noel Larkin.
That means significant interest surrounds this fixture and whoever prevails will move forward with confidence.
In Tralee, a Shane Conway powered Kerry face Meath, in another attractive encounter.
Fintan O'Connor continues to develop young hurlers with Kerry, but Meath will believe that they can cause problems for the home team.